Bringing a Story to Life: Reverse Engineering

physics1.jpgSo, listening to Boys and Girls by Blur and realizing that the next book in the Metatron’s Army Series – Book 12 – needs to be done differently than any of the other books in the series.

And differently than any other book I’ve ever written.

I need to reverse engineer it.

I think this is a side effect of the nature of the Endgame.

So much still needs to happen, though I did get through the high scene of the series.

It’s in Promotion: Book 11.  Lots happens in each of the books so I’m not giving anything away with that tidbit.

I don’t want the wind down of the series to be just tying up loose ends.

There is so much more to it than that.

And then there’s the damned back story.

At this point in the series a necessary evil.

As I was going through what I’d written I found myself frustrated by the necessary evil.

And decided if I was having a problem with it – readers will too.

But how to deal with it?

Enter Stage Left.  Not long ago the artist who works with me on my book covers asked a question that enabled us to bridge the gap of communication.

“What is the important thing that happens in this book?”

My answer helped her get a better understanding of the information and emotion I’m trying to evoke with an image when I create a cover.

Or, as in the case of Port in a Storm, the mood/tone I’m setting.

The question helped me. It forced me to focus quickly because she’s busy and – like so many of us – needs to maximize her time.

In other words, cut to the chase. 

Stepping back from my frustration, I realized the same method I employ with the artist would work for me.

“What needs to happen from here on out?”

I haven’t answered completely yet.

I’m still annoyed but it can wait.  I just released Book 9 for pre-release.  This is book 12.

I turned to what I often do when I hit a writing wall.

Or any number of life frustrations.

I put together an article for the web.

As if the web was an entity.  Fun. 

What this has done is force me to think differently which will definitely help here.

  • What needs to happen?
  • In what order does it need to happen?
  • What am I trying to accomplish?
  • What do I need to accomplish?

Those answers provide me with the flexibility that allow me to rearrange events and get around evil necessities.

And that’s empowering… 

I think I’ll listen to some Bonham next.

The Disregard of Time Keeping…

Of course…





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